Tue, May. 12th, 2009, 12:00 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Finding Viktor Krum" for femmequixotic

And here, with "Finding Viktor Krum," we have the final entry in this year's [info]hp_beholder exchange. The third fic/art round-up will be posted later today and the pre-reveal Master List will be posted tomorrow, so remember to leave comments for all the talented (and still-anonymous) exchange participants.

Recipient: [info]femmequixotic
Author: [info]atdelphi
Title: Finding Viktor Krum
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Albus Potter/Viktor Krum
Word Count: ~13,000
Warnings: n/a
Summary: "A man walks into a pub..." Or, how the universe played a joke on Albus Severus Potter and how he learned to go along with it.
Author's Notes: A heartfelt thank-you to my long-suffering beta, and to Femme for setting me this challenge. I had a lot of fun with these characters and I really hope you do too.

Finding Viktor Krum )

Mon, May. 11th, 2009, 01:20 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Much Better Days" for dognmonkeyshow

Recipient: [info]dognmonkeyshow
Author: [info]r_grayjoy
Title: Much Better Days
Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Pairing: Minerva McGonagall/Alastor Moody
Word Count: 2,085
Summary: The first time it happened was eight months into the first war with Voldemort.
Author's Notes: Massive thanks, first and foremost, to [info]bethbethbeth for not giving up on me. My heartfelt gratitude also to R. for being there, as always. And finally, thanks to [info]dognmonkeyshow for the prompt that brought my writing mojo home!

Much Better Days )

Mon, May. 11th, 2009, 12:20 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: ART: "Contrast" for vissy

Recipient: [info]vissy
Artist: [info]tripperfunster
Title: Contrast
Rating: G
Pairings: Hagrid/Snape
Word Count: na
Warnings: none
Summary: big/small, hairy/smooth, younger/older
Artist's Notes: Vissy said she liked physical contrasts, so I hope this pleases her! Pose is shamelessly stolen from an older movie poster. Can you guess which one?

Contrast )

Sun, May. 10th, 2009, 12:01 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "A Toast to Lord Voldemort" for woldy

Recipient: [info]woldy
Author/Artist: [info]magnetic_pole
Title: A Toast to Lord Voldemort
Rating: PG
Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Augusta Longbottom
Word Count: 4500
Summary: Neville joins an unexpected celebration.

A Toast to Lord Voldemort )

Sun, May. 10th, 2009, 12:00 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Two, Divided Briefly" for snapesgirl_62

Recipient: [info]snapesgirl
Author: [info]ze_dragon
Title: Two, Divided Briefly
Pairing: Grey Lady/Bloody Baron
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~1400
Summary: The Bloody Baron didn't like reminders, but the Grey Lady had nothing but reminders to offer.
Author's Notes: Thanks to my betas for their speedy and brilliant work. And mucho mucho thanks to the mod that dealt with my crazy lateness. The title is from Emily Dikinson's The Grave

Two, Divided Briefly )

Sat, May. 9th, 2009, 12:02 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "The Hand That's Dealt" for miss_morland

Recipient: [info]miss_morland
Author/Artist: [info]regan_v
Title: The Hand That’s Dealt
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Snape/Filch
Word Count: 3800
Warnings: None. Both characters are adults.
Summary: Filch might be a squib, but he was a pureblood.
Author's/Artist's Notes: [info]miss_morland, I hope you enjoy this. As ever, P improved this quite a bit. She has a fine ear, and I’m very grateful for her skill as beta.

The Hand That's Dealt )

Sat, May. 9th, 2009, 12:00 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Such is the Flare Through" for miramiraficfic

Recipient: [info]miramiraficfic
Author: [info]injustice_worth
Title: Such is the Flare Through
Rating: PG
Pairings: Rufus Scrimgeour/Rita Skeeter. sort of?
Word Count: 2620
Warnings: Not much. Rufus does a bit of cursing but, well, that's Rufus, and it really isn't terribly excessive.
Summary: The press has been at it again, revealing Ministry secrets. Auror Rufus Scrimgeour has just about had it with the whole lot of them, particularly with the harpy known as Rita Skeeter. Unfortunately for Rufus, Or, in which Rufus has further issues with women.
Author's Notes: First war and all that, where Crouch is Barty Crouch Sr., Rufus and Moody are doing their Auror-ly duties, and so on. PROBABLY ought to say that no small part of the image of Rita held in mind comes from a mix of the Rita-ones o' skeeter_green, who portrays Rita far more aptly than I ever could, and featherxquill, who writes both Rita and Rufus far more skillfully than I've a prayer at chancing. Not to place any blame on them for the stilted/whatnot Rita produced here so much as to say that if anything about her is even vaguely Rita, they'd probably be why. Much of the gracias, then, to both of them. The title is from the same poem as the beginning bit, the line being as follows: "such / is the flare through memory or desire." At any rate. My apologies if this lacks in plot and such; the initial idea had a bit more of that, not to mention more characters and a McGonagall/Robards focus, bu-ut it kind of got out of control. So, er, hope this is acceptable annnnd je ne sais pas. LOVELY. DAY.

Such is the Flare Through )

Fri, May. 8th, 2009, 12:08 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: ART: "The Question and The Answer" for ze_dragon

Recipient: [info]ze_dragon
Artist: [info]littleblackbow
Title: The Question and The Answer
Rating: G
Pairings: Arthur and Molly
Medium: Markers, pen and ink
Warnings: None
Artist's Notes: I know it isn't porny, but I thought you might like this particular scene. And yeah, I can't believe how much Arthur ended up looking like his sons, too. It was so much fun to do!!

Hope you like it.

The Question and The Answer )

Fri, May. 8th, 2009, 11:59 am
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Playing For Keeps" for regan_v

Recipient: [info]regan_v
Author: [info]vissy
Title: Playing For Keeps
Rating: R
Pairings: Eileen/Severus, (Eileen/Tobias)
Word Count: 5800
Warnings: incest, dub-con
Summary: Eileen Snape, former Captain of the Hogwarts Gobstones Team, is losing her marbles.
Author's Notes: Regan V, this is a bit grim, but I hope you enjoy it.

Playing For Keeps )

Thu, May. 7th, 2009, 12:07 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Tangled Webs" for r_grayjoy

Recipient: [info]r_grayjoy
Author/Artist: [info]snapesgirl
Title: Tangled Webs
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Poppy Pomfrey/Rabastan Lestrange; Rabastan/Evan Rosier, implied Rabastan/Severus, Rabastan/Rodolphus.
Word Count: 7728
Warnings: m/m, anal intercourse, voyeurism, Lestrangecest
Summary: Rabastan Lestrange must marry to satisfy his family obligations. Rab decides to be old fashioned with his courting and learns a few things about friendship.
Author's/Artist's Notes: You asked for some unusual/surprising characterizations for Rabastan Lestrange. And for first times (of all varieties), romance-not-schmoop, unlikely pairings and relationships, hurt/comfort, humor, snark, powerful women. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.
Disclaimer: HP is owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc.

Tangled Webs )

Thu, May. 7th, 2009, 12:03 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Two" for magnetic_pole

Recipient: [info]magnetic_pole
Author: [info]miraielle
Title: Two
Rating: R
Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Septima Vector
Word Count: 1348
Summary: There is a week until professors return, and Hogwarts will not wake.
Author's Notes: Many many thanks to V, as ever.

Two )

Wed, May. 6th, 2009, 12:06 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Dragon's Blood and Meadowsweet" for ragdoll

Recipient: [info]ragdoll
Author: [info]ldymusyc
Title: Dragon's Blood and Meadowsweet
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Millicent Bulstrode
Word Count: 16,500
Warnings: Language, sex.
"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."

Draco Malfoy takes an apprenticeship with a potions master after the war, and discovers the way to make a brew he never expected with a component he never considered. Side effects may occur; results may vary.
Author's Notes: Ragdoll, I was terribly nervous to have received your name for this exchange, but I hope that this will catch your attention. I tried to incorporate your likes of fluffy angst, humor, banter, and exploration into an uncertain relationship, and even though I know these aren't your favorite characters, I do hope you enjoy.

Dragon's Blood and Meadowsweet )

Tue, May. 5th, 2009, 12:00 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "The Caretaker and the Cat Lady" for donnaimmaculata

Recipient: [info]donnaimmaculata
Author: [info]eeyore9990
Title: The Caretaker and the Cat Lady
Rating: PG
Pairings: Argus Filch/Arabella Figg
Word Count: ~3300
Warnings: None
Summary: After giving testimony at young Harry's trial, Arabella goes to the Leaky for a bit of something to soothe her nerves. There, she meets a man who does nothing but unsettle them.
Author's Notes: As I was looking through your list of preferred characters, this pairing leapt off the screen at me. I've never seen the pairing before, nor even any fic featuring Mrs Figg, and the idea of these two cat-loving Squibs finding each other utterly charmed me. I do hope you enjoy your fic as much as I enjoyed writing it, [info]donnaimmaculata.

Beta read by the incomparable A.

The Caretaker and the Cat Lady )

Tue, May. 5th, 2009, 11:57 am
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "A Slytherin Fairytale" for trickofthedark

Recipient: [info]trickofthedark
Author: [info]cat_goddess
Title: A Slytherin Fairytale
Rating: PG
Pairings: Millicent Bulstrode/Gregory Goyle
Word Count: 1,186
Warnings: No real warnings. This is kind of fluffy.
Summary: Love is found in the most unexpected places, at the most unexpected times. Gregory and Millicent find out that gala balls aren't always boring.
Author's/Artist's Notes: Thank you, to our lovely mod for her understanding and giving me the extension. Trickofthedark, I hope you like this, even though it is short, and fluffy. I couldn't get into the frame of mind to write anything heavier than

A Slytherin Fairytale )

Sun, May. 3rd, 2009, 01:29 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Between A Man And A Woman" for iamisaac

Recipient: [info]iamisaac
Author/Artist: [info]ragdoll
Title: Between A Man And A Woman
Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Pairings: Molly Weasley/Arthur Weasley
Word Count: 4700
Warnings: het sex
Summary: When Molly Prewett's father doesn't approve of her choice of a husband, she is forced to take drastic measures in order to marry the man she loves.
Author's/Artist's Notes: [info]iamisaac, I can't tell you how happy I was to get your request. I'd been wanting to write this story for quite some time and your requests/suggested elements fit perfectly, thus giving me the excuse to finally do it. I sincerely hope you like it.

Much thanks to my betas R. and S. and to [info]bethbethbeth for being such a fab mod and for coming up with the idea for [info]hp_beholder in the first place.

Between A Man and A Woman )

Sun, May. 3rd, 2009, 01:12 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "The Backalley Annual C*cks*cking Contest" for featherxquill

(Modly apologies to the author for 'asterisking' the title. I take responsibility for this wimpy "above the cut tag" change, which was made for the sake of people reading this community at work or the like.)

Recipient: [info]featherxquill
Author: [info]woldy
Title: The Backalley Annual C*cks*cking Contest
Rating: R
Pairings: Rita Skeeter/Erato Zabini (implied Erato/husbands)
Word Count: ~1600 words
Warnings: switching first person POV, strap-ons, more than a hint of crack
Summary: It wasn't anything as simple as sex appeal; if I had to put my finger on it I'd say they had charisma. And a talent for c*cks*cking, of course.
Author's Notes: This plotbunny ambushed me, but it's a gamble for an exchange fic so I hope you like it, featherxquill! If not, then I'm happy to write you another story in recompense. With thanks to my lovely beta, & to Shar Rednour for the inspiration.

The Backalley Annual C*cks*cking Contest )

Sat, May. 2nd, 2009, 12:00 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "The Migratory Habits of Seekers & Other Birds of Prey" for florahart

Recipient: [info]florahart
Author: [info]femmequixotic
Title: The Migratory Habits of Seekers & Other Birds of Prey
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Harry/Viktor
Word Count: ~16,200
Warnings: Semi-epilogue compliant
Summary: One choice, one mad, desperate choice and everything I loved was gone. I'd known it would be the moment I said yes.
Author's Notes: v Many thanks to my three betas, C, J and B. And huge thanks to [info]bethbethbeth for her infinite patience. :) Flora, for the opportunity to write this, I owe you one.

The Migratory Habits of Seekers & Other Birds of Prey )

Fri, May. 1st, 2009, 12:02 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "In a quiet moment, I'll teach you" for lee_west

Recipient: [info]lee_west / [info]westwardlee
Author/Artist: [info]rafflesiakerrii
Title: In a quiet moment, I'll teach you
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Rosmerta/Viktor Krum
Word Count: 1211
Summary: Durmstrang students are allowed to go to Hogsmeade after the Tri-wizard champions are announced. They visit the local pub where Viktor receives a few lessons from Madam Rosmerta that might not be useful in the tournament, but that certainly guarantee a good time.
Author's/Artist's Notes: I really loved the prompt I got from [info]lee_west - and this was what spontaneously came into my head. I don't normally ship 'experienced woman with inexperienced boy' but here it seemed so right, and I really really enjoyed writing from a different perspective than I normally do. Hope you like it, [info]lee_west!!

In a quiet moment, I'll teach you )

Fri, May. 1st, 2009, 11:56 am
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "He Knew He Was Right" for lyras

Recipient: [info]lyras
Author/Artist: [info]naughtysnail / [info]bluemoon02
Title: He Knew He Was Right
Rating: PG
Pairings: Aberforth Dumbledore/Minerva McGonagall, background mentions of Albus/Grindelwald
Word Count: ~3500
Warnings: None
Summary: Aberforth resents that, through his life, he has always had to share his women with his brother.
Author's/Artist's Notes: Huge thanks for the hard work and patience of my beta, B. Lyras requested character study, angsty with a glimmer of a happy ending, and people re-building themselves. I'm not sure I managed exactly happy, but hopefully satisfying. I really hope you enjoy!

He Knew He Was Right )

Thu, Apr. 30th, 2009, 12:22 pm
[info]bethbethbeth: FIC: "Lady of Sorrows" for flourish

Recipient: [info]flourish
Author: [info]miramiraficfic
Title: Lady of Sorrows
Rating: PG
Pairings: The Grey Lady/Sir Cadogan
Word Count: 5274
Warnings: Mild violence and an ending of the non-"happily ever after" variety
Summary: A budding romance between a ghost and a portrait could be a tale out of a storybook. But does Helena Ravenclaw's "fairy godfather" have good intentions, or something more sinister in mind?
Author's Notes: [info]flourish asked for a complicated, non-fluffy relationship where magic was an integral part of the story. I hope this suits. (Also, I hope Cadogan's frequent use of "my lady" doesn't come across as smooshy; I certainly didn't intend it to. Please imagine him saying it in the most respectful fashion possible.) Thanks to my beta and the fest organizer for their help and patience.

Lady of Sorrows )

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